The Government believes wellbeing belongs at the heart of policymaking.
Budget 2019 Policy Statement
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Topics covered

  • Defining Wellbeing

  • Wellbeing Economy - What the government means

  • Wellbeing models and frameworks

  • Social and cultural determinants of wellbeing

  • Measuring Wellbeing - Indicators and outcomes

  • Overview of Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment Tool

  • Applying wellbeing principles to policy, planning and service delivery

This workshop would be of value to:

  • Advocacy organisations

  • Community Leaders and organisations

  • Churches

  • District Health Boards

  • Government Departments

  • Iwi health and social service

  • Local Government agencies

  • NGOS

  • Public health servicesSocial service organisations

  • Trade Unions

  • Youth services

WB4: Our Wellbeing is our Wealth: Putting wellbeing at the heart of what we do

As government priorities are implemented wellbeing measures and deliverables will increasingly become part of funding agreements with NGOs, community and social service, health and education sectors. 

Become more familiar with wellbeing principles, and how Government is defining and measuring wellbeing. An opportunity to look at how to orient services and programmes to a wellbeing focus. 

Hear from an experienced wellbeing specialist who has lectured and implemented numerous wellbeing programmes at the local, national and international levels


Wellbeing is defined as the capacity to feel, think, and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and respond to the challenges we face. It recognise the importance of culture, diversity, equity, social justice and personal dignity. It forms the basis on which individuals, whānau, hapū and iwi and communities are able to thrive.

Public policy, the economy, community resilience and assets, the legal and justice systems, urban planning, the environment and human rights all impact on wellbeing. Self determination, social agency, participation and connection, safe and inclusive communities are key determinants for thriving. Assessing the impact of public policy and programmes on wellbeing contributes to a more thriving, inclusive and equitable society.

Workshop Description

Government has strongly signalled there centrality of wellbeing to its social and economic policies. This workshop will provide participants with an overview of what is meant by wellbeing economics and the measures that Government are using to measure the country’s wellbeing. The principles of wellbeing and how they inform and shape policy and programmes will be examined as well as how a wellbeing focus contributes to reducing social and economic disparities.

Wellbeing is much more than a warm subjective feeling. It is determined by proven social, economic and cultural factors that positively or negatively impact on the wellbeing of individuals and communities. There are several internationally recognised wellbeing models and frameworks as well as local models such as Whare Tapa Whā. Based on these determinants and frameworks it is possible to develop an evidence-based programme logic with clear wellbeing outcomes and indicators and evaluation tools. The determinants, frameworks and outcomes will be covered comprehensively in the workshop with particular focus on Treasury’s Living Standards Framework.


It will offer a framework for organisations to apply a wellbeing lens to its work and deliverables as well and wellbeing outcomes and indicators


Tools such as the Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment Tool provides a systematic approach to assessing the impact of public policy, resource management and planning and programme delivery on mental wellbeing. A summary of the tool will be given.

Workshop Locations in 2020

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